Thousands of autistic girls and women ‘going undiagnosed’ due to gender bias

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Thousands of autistic girls and women ‘going undiagnosed’ due to gender bias

Number of girls and women with the condition in UK may be vastly underestimated, leading neuroscientist says

Thousands of girls and women with autism are going undiagnosed due to it being viewed as a “male condition”, according to one of the UK’s leading neuroscientists.

Prof Francesca Happé, director of the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London, warned that the failure to recognise autism in girls and women was taking a stark toll on their mental health.

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